Triple Nickle Photographs from the National Archives


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National Archives and Records Administration (RG 342-C, Records of U.S. Army Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations)

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Date Information

circa 1945

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Imaged by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA reading room. Image provided by the NARA reading room at College Park, Maryland.


Photograph from a series held by the National Archives on the first African American Airborne unit, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, also known as the Triple Nickle. This image was scanned by the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. Their description reads: "'Operation Fire Fly'. A paratrooper of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion works his way to the earth with the aid of a 150 foot rope which is a part of his equipment . These fire fighters prefer landing in tree tops rather than hitting the rocks and ledges that abound? in this region. Umatilla National Forest, Oregon." The member of the Triple Nickle is wearing a helmet and gear while pulling on a rope in a tree.


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United States. Army Air Forces, United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Battalion 555th -- Photographs, Wildfire fighters, Smokejumpers -- United States